12 September 2013

St. Ives Intensive Healing Hand Cream Review

Product Name: St. Ives Intensive Healing Hand Cream
Price: $3.99 for 3oz ($1.33 per ounce)
Where to Buy: Drugstores
Main Moisturizing Ingredients: Olive Leaf Extract, Cranberry Seed Oil, Grape Seed Oil
Available Fragrances: Fragrance Free
Additional Details: Hypo-Allergenic, 100% Natural Moisturizers, Not Tested on Animals, No Animal Ingredients, Formulated without Parabens and Phthalates.

First Impression: The packaging is clean and clearly labelled, but a bit too large for a purse lotion unless you're fond of carrying large or tote sized bags. I was pretty excited to try a fragrance free lotion but this one has a strange plastic smell to it that is pretty unappealing. It's not overtly scented like plastic, but if you sniff your hands after applying you can definitely smell it even minutes after application. The texture is a nice thick and creamy lotion that applies easily and smoothly!

Absorption Rate: The cream took approximately thirty seconds to rub into my hands, and felt completely absorbed within one minute.

This hand cream lives up to it's claims of being non-greasy so if you hate waiting for a lotion to soak in, this could be a good option for you. St. Ives claims that this hand cream is "clinically proven to lock in moisture for 24 hours" and I was pretty surprised to find that after I applied this before bed my hands were still semi-moisturized when I woke up! Normally most lotions don't last through the night and my hands feel dry come morning, but this one was different. I admit that the "100% natural moisturizers" label on the top of the tube appealed to the organic/natural ingredient loving side of me, and although the ingredients list is peppered with hard-to-pronounce or unrecognizable names there are more than a few easily recognizable moisturizers. As for the healing properties... I don't have severely dry hands so I asked my Dad (who does have super dry hands and rough cuticles!) to try it out for a few days and report back.

My dad's hands are rough from guitar playing and that his subconscious habit is to pick at his cuticles. He was a perfect candidate to test the healing claims of this product! The first thing he told me was that he liked that the hand cream wasn't greasy at all; It absorbed quickly and didn't leave a fragrance. Over the week he used it he noticed a change in his cuticles where they were softer and he was less tempted to pick at them. He said that he would recommend it to anyone with rough cuticles!

Purchase or Pass?: Overall I'd say that if you need a fragrance free lotion that has lasting moisture, will help heal rough hands, and don't mind a slight "plastic" smell, this one would probably be a good choice for you!

What do you think of this product? Is it something you've tried or are interested in trying? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for reading!

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